Bird Walks

Upper Franklin Canyon Bird Walk

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Photo: Franklin Canyon, A hidden gem near Mulhulland and Coldwater Canyon above Beverly Hills. Part of the Santa Monica Mountain Conservancy.

Upper Franklin Canyon / Sooky Goldman Nature Center ((2600 Franklin Canyon Dr., Beverly Hills 90210)
2nd Sunday of the month 
Time: 8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Leader: Eleanor Osgood. Join us as we take a casual walk around the ponds and trails of this urban oak woodland nature preserve.  We will look for ducks, herons and grebes on the local pond and lake. Also we will also see  resident chaparral bird species such as California Quail, Common Raven, Red-shouldered Hawk, Spotted and California Towhees, Song Sparrows and California Thrasher; Nesting season is coming to an end in the low lands; we will look for adults feeding nestlings and fledglings.

Directions: From the101 Freeway, follow Coldwater Canyon Blvd. south for several miles to the intersection of Coldwater Canyon and Mulholland Drive (traffic signal). Make a 90 degree right turn onto Franklin Canyon Drive. There is no sign indicating the entrance to the park; the turn at Franklin Canyon Road reads “Road Closed 800 Feet” and “Sunrise to Sunset”-- this is the park entrance; do not make a U-turn as this will take you onto Mulholland Drive instead of Franklin Canyon. Take Franklin Canyon Dr down to park entrance, turn at first left into the parking lot. From Sunset Blvd: go north on N. Beverly Drive to Coldwater Canyon Dr  to Mulholland Dr. Veer left on Mulholland Drive. At the next traffic signal, make a left turn onto Franklin Canyon Dr. continue to first parking lot on the left. Binoculars provided.

Sharp-shinned Hawk at Kenneth Hahn SRA (Photo by Don Sterba, 3-23-2010

Photo: Sharp-shinned Hawk, at Kenneth Hahn SRA (Photo by Don Sterba)

Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area (4100 S. La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles 90056)
3rd Saturday of the month
(Except for July and August)
Time: 8:00–noon
4100 S. La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles 90056

The park entrance is off of La Cienega Blvd. between Rodeo Rd. and Stocker St.   After passing the entrance kiosk ($6.00 parking fee) turn left (leading to the “Olympic Forest”) and park in the first available spaces.

Leaders: Eric and Ann Brooks, Dick Barth

This trip covers landscaped parkland, a man-made lake and natural coastal scrub habitats within the Baldwin Hills. It is spring and we are likely to see the resident birds such as Nuttal’s Woodpecker, Black and Say’s Phoebes, Cassin Kingbirds, California and Spotted Towhee, Red-tailed Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk engaging in nesting activities. Besides looking for spring migrants we will search for summer visitors that nest in the park such as Hooded and Bullocks Orioles, Barn Swallow, Western Kingbird and Western Bluebird.
The park entrance is off of La Cienega Blvd. between Rodeo Rd. and Stocker St. After passing the entrance kiosk ($6.00 parking fee) turn left (leading to the “Olympic Forest”) and park in the first available spaces. . Binoculars provided.

Check out the excellent photos from the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area on our Facebook site http://www.facebook.com/LosAngelesAudubon.

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Snowy Egret, preening under its wing, at Ballona Creek. (Photo by Don Sterba)

Ballona Wetlands Bird Walk

3rd Sunday of the month (with the exception of December)
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Leaders: Bob Shanman and Friends

Join us for a walk through L.A.’s only remaining saltwater marsh and the adjacent rocky jetty.  Meet at the Del Rey Lagoon parking lot.  Take the Marina Fwy (90) to Culver Blvd and turn left for a mile.  Turn right on Pacific Ave.  The lot is on the right.  Lot or street parking is usually not a problem.  Three hour walk.  ‘scopes helpful.
Contact: Bob (310) 326-2473; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Check out the outstanding photos of the birds of the Ballona Wetlands on our Facebook site: http://www.facebook.com/LosAngelesAudubon

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